vANCOuv ER’S PACIFIC THEATRE
Company, a company started
by Regent College alumnus Ron
Reed, took home multiple Jessie
Awards for large theatres this
past spring – including one for
a play featuring Satan (www.
pacifictheatre.org). The company
won the most awards in the large
The Jessie Awards recognize
excellence in Vancouver theatre.
Three Pacific Theatre actors were
recognized for roles in Larry Shue’s
play The Foreigner: John Voth won
for his lead role, and Peter Carlone
and Erla Faye Forsyth won for
The company’s production of
Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer
was named Outstanding Production. The play centres around four
drunken men, including Satan,
playing poker. One of the player’s
souls is at stake.
“I don’t put too much of my
heart into awards,” says Reed, the
company’s artistic director who
also acted in The Seafarer. The
company has received more than
a hundred Jessie Awards nomina-
tions since 1994 and won 20.
“You have to do the work for
other reasons.” But The Foreigner
wins were gratifying because the
actors who won are new artists.
The company staged the play so
new actors could show their
talents, he said.
But the company’s main mission
is to serve Christ. “I don’t like
‘Christian’ as an adjective,” Reed
John Voth (top right) plays the lead role
in The Foreigner. Above: Ron Reed and
John Emmet Tracy in The Seafarer.
Christian theatre raises questions,
wins accolades in vancouver
vancouver churches pursue
healing with First Nations
Reconciliation takes work. Vancouver
SEvERAL vANCOuvER-AREA MINISTRIES are taking an
increasingly active role in reconciliation, sharing and
healing between their own evangelical churches and
First nations communities.
The initiative, called Journey Together, Heal
Together ( www.jhtogether.com) kicked off with an
event last February when over 400 people gathered
at Fraser Lands Church in Vancouver and viewed the
documentary We Were Children. The film tells of
the horrors faced by children in the Canadian Indian
“There’s not enough understanding” within the
church of First nations people and their struggles,
says Esther Leung-Kong, one of the event’s organizers.
“There’s a lot of stereotyping and misunderstanding.”
The event also featured speakers Ivan Wells of the
Tsimpsian nation and Daren George, executive director
of the First nations counselling agency Rising Above.
Patti Victor, one of the First nation hosts of the
event, works at Trinity Western University providing
spiritual and personal
mentoring to Aboriginal
students on that
is my heart,” says Victor.
“I believe that the
Church of Jesus Christ needs to lead the way and that
building relationships within the body of Christ is the
heart of Jesus.”
Leung-Kong says the hope for Journey Together, Heal
Together is that it will not be limited to a one-time
event. “The movement of reconciliation should be an
ongoing journey,” she says. Organizers hoped attendees
could learn about the tragedies suffered by First
nations people and actively promote healing in their
own congregations and communities.
“Reconciliation and healing is not an event,” says
Victor. “It is not a goal, but a place of walking together.”
She says that Christians must “understand that truth
telling is the first step,” and expect to feel unsettled
by the truth. “Injustice is part of our history. Apologies
must be lived,” she says. “It is not enough to make
eloquent speeches or to feel empathy or to think that
you understand. We must live in an ongoing, mutually
respectful relationship. This is the way forward.”
–Ka TE yaN TzI